The Baby Foot Peel.

The Face Shop Smile Foot Peeling
The Face Shop Smile Foot Peeling

 

Okay. If you are half reading this post, or just skimming through your feed, I’m going to need you to stop whatever else you are doing and give me your full, undivided attention for the next five minutes. Because this post could be singlehandedly the most disgusting, most important, and most fascinating post I’ve ever written.

If you’ve tried the Baby Foot Peel before, then you already know how amazing it is. But if not, stop what you are doing and order this product immediately. Now… before you have to wear sandals and open toed shoes. The window is closing in. But luckily, there’s Amazon Prime. It will be the best $8.96 you ever spend.

Let’s back up. I’ve heard about foot peeling a few times before and made a mental note that I needed to try it. I have (or rather, had) callouses. My feet were basically hard on the bottom and I was okay with it… whatever. Boys have softer feet than me. Whatever. I basically grew up on the beach, ran cross country + track for years and then ran marathons after college, and while I’m not the greatest athlete now, high heels certainly take their toll. Rough feet. But it wasn’t until my friend Becca and I ventured down to The Face Shop in Chinatown (as an aside, I highly recommend it if you live in New York… especially if you are sheet mask obsessed like us) for a post Soul Cycle shopping excursion. We each bought like, fifteen sheet masks and all sorts of other random goodies… and (obviously) the foot peel.

The foot peel then proceeded to take over our lives. I’m completely serious. It actually took over our lives.

Becca started her peel a week before me. This was upsetting. I wanted to wait until the guy I’ve been hanging out with went out of town so not to completely terrify him. (This turned out to be a wise move, FYI… what happened to my feet was nothing short of terrifying – and amazing.) Meanwhile, Becca’s feet were peeling away and I had SO MUCH JEALOUSY. We work together, so every single day in the office started with a conversation about the status of our feet and their peeliness. Gross, I know. Our poor coworkers (not really – they all went out and bought the peel, too.)

So here’s how it goes. Basically, you soak your feet in these little booties filled with magical liquid (it contains a zillion types of fruit acids) for an hour and a half. I recommend setting up a little station with everything you need (book, TV, water, snacks.) Nothing happens at first. Your feet feel a little weird (like you’ve been in the bath too long.. pruny.) But then, 5-8 days later, the magic kicks in. The dead skin on your feet begins to just peel off (think of a snake, shedding its skin.) I didn’t take photos, but if you want to see photos, go here.. just prepare to be horrified. It was sort of like peeling off dried glue. Completely gross but also completely addicting. My feet peeled like crazy for four full days, and then stopped. What was left was an incredibly soft foot. No more callouses (seriously.) I’m still shocked by what happened to my feet. It’s nothing short of amazing.

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I did a bit of research before conducting my own foot peeling (and Becca provided tips & tricks,) so here is my mini guide to the best possible foot peeling.

Tips & Tricks for the best foot peeling experience:

  1. Prior to applying your peel, take a bath and exfoliate with a pumice stone. This will prep your feet as best as possible for what’s to come.
  2. Once your feet start peeling, it’s really helpful to soak them every night. For whatever reason, water seems to accelerate the process. I soaked my feet every night and then (literally) wiped away sheets of dead skin with a washcloth.
  3. Don’t moisturize your feet during the process.
  4. And seriously. If there is a dude in your life, or you have roommates… either warn them, or wait til they are away to do this. It’s terrifying and disgusting. And that’s why I said to do it now before sandal season.
  5. Be prepared to vacuum. Daily. Twice a day. Constantly.

Have you tried it? If so… please… tell! If not, get yours here. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for more callouses to appear so that I can do this all over again.

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  1. Becca says 4.3.15

    preach

    • graceatwood says 4.6.15

      oh herro. i did not know you read this site! 😉

  2. Cathleen says 4.3.15

    I’m fascinated and disgusted at the same time…..I need to try this!

  3. Shay says 4.3.15

    Does it hurt?

    • graceatwood says 4.4.15

      Not at all!

  4. Alyssa says 4.3.15

    After years of ballet and years of never getting pedicures because I don’t have time, my feet are awful. This is truly intriguing…

    Alyssa
    glitterandgrey.wordpress.com

  5. felicia sullivan says 4.3.15

    I totally ordered this.

  6. Casey says 4.3.15

    I did babyfoot, but while it made my feet soft I didn’t think it got rid of calluses 🙁 More skin peeled from the top of my foot, middle, toes, etc. But the calluses were still there–although slightly softer!

  7. Katie says 4.3.15

    Oh man I am ordering one of these RIGHT NOW. This sounds amazing/terrifying and I can’t wait to try it, my feet are in super rough shape.

  8. Hah, I was casually reading this and doing other stuff and then clicked on the picture of the foot peeling and yeah…that stopped me in my tracks. Like, ew, but also, wow. I’m not big on beauty treatments but my feet could seriously use some help before sandal season…I think I’m going to try this. Thanks Grace!

  9. Alexandra says 4.3.15

    Ah!! So weird, and yet so interesting and I need to do it. But still, so scary haha

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  10. Sharon says 4.3.15

    Ok, so I recently tried BabyFoot… it was singlehandedly, the most disgusting thing I have ever done to my body in the name of beauty, that being said, it was also the most fascinating thing I have ever done to my body in the name of beauty. I thought nothing was happening after 5 days, then on day 7 my feet started to peel a little, then by days 8 and 9 it was fully shedding (yes, like a snake, I used that comparison myself when explaining it to my friends – and all my friends know I HATE feet- gross). The skin was literally like brand new baby soft feet. My thick grey, elephant-like skin heels were soft and pretty again. The only complaint is that the affects don’t last that long. About 10 days later my heels started hardening up again. butI also happen to have really dry skin despite drinking tons of water and slathering on Carmex dry skin healing ointment at night and Carmex dry skin cream during the day. I will try this again a few more times just to see if following up three-four times produces better results that last longer. Babyfoot was more expensive at $25 per treatment.

    • Marilyn says 3.4.16

      Hi Sharon,
      I just read your comment that you left about your feet and the baby foot product.

      You had mentioned that you have very dry feet despite drinking a lot of water. You also said that you use a couple of different products by Carmex.
      Perhaps part of the problem of your dry feet is actually BECAUSE of the Carmex!

      Whether for your lips or for your feet/hands, their product includes several very very drying ingredients, causing the need to use more and more. While it is a very good marketing plan, it does not do much for the consumer.
      I know this from a very extensive history and experience with Carmex myself, and just wanted to pass this along.

      Do yourself a huge favor and get yourself a giant jar of organic coconut oil! It will not only moisterize & soften, but coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties.

  11. This is horrifying and amazing all at the same time, and I want to go on amazon right this second and order it.
    XO

  12. Eliz says 4.3.15

    Wow, this is fascinating and disturbing all at once! Did you have to wear shoes that covered your feet the whole time, or could you wear pumps to work? I want to try this but I’m nervous!!

    • graceatwood says 4.6.15

      i think you could get away with pumps!!

  13. Cortney says 4.3.15

    The peel is indeed wonderfully disgusting but I’m most interested in how you met this guy! We’re more or less neighbors – I’m also early 30s and based in NYC, and I cannot figure this one out. Where are they hiding?

    • graceatwood says 4.6.15

      hahaha, love that! um yeah… dating is hard! I have a no talking about dating rule for my site, but I will just say that there are some good guys on tinder if you’re willing to put up with the nonsense (i have three friends in long term relationships who met on tinder!)

  14. Megan says 4.3.15

    I’ve been so curious to try this after hearing about it off and on over the last year or so. Definitely going to have to give it a try (and somehow try to wipe those images from my head)!

  15. Jamie says 4.3.15

    Now I’m completely fascinated. You had me sold with the most disgusting and most important thing ever.

    I just ordered some because now I’m convinced this may actually work!

    Hello There, Lady!

  16. Oh my god… I think I have to try this.

  17. This IS the most important post you written 🙂
    Baby soft feet is a must! Thank you for sharing this product with us, as well as the helpful tips.

    Good Friday everyone!
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/

  18. Wishes & Reality says 4.3.15

    TOTALLY trying this!

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

  19. Monica says 4.4.15

    I love baby foot also! The only downside is that the first time I wore heels after the peel I ended up with the worst blisters ever and in terrible pain because my new skin couldn’t handle it. So next time I guess I’ll stick to flats for the first few weeks after…

    • graceatwood says 4.6.15

      ahhh yeah, I could see that! I’ve had a harder time with my heels too!

  20. Theodora says 4.5.15

    Disgusted and intrigued…but I am training for the BK Half so thinking I will hold off on trying until after…even though it will be sandal season by then. Also I had no idea you’d run marathons…and definitely just Athlinks-ed you 🙂

    • graceatwood says 4.5.15

      omg that is hilarious. yes, that was a long long time ago… like, when i first moved here 9 years ago! no clue how athlinks works! yes, def wait until AFTER your half… but your feet will thank you!

  21. Emily says 4.6.15

    Thanks, Grace! I’m sold. Ordered the foot peel immediately after reading the post. BUT….must know: What shoes do you wear during this process? Obviously not sandals, but are flats even too little coverage for the insanity of the peel? And can you wear socks? SHOULD you wear socks? This is crucial information! Haha. Thanks for recommending, and thank you in advance for your footwear suggestions!

    • graceatwood says 4.6.15

      Hi Emily! I think I would wear ballet flats (that you aren’t crazy about) or slip on sneakers. That’s what I did. The best option is sneakers with socks but that gets boring. You should definitely wear socks whenever you can.

  22. alyson says 4.6.15

    omg, I am terrified and kind of really interested in doing this. those photos are intense!

  23. jillian says 4.7.15

    i’ve heard about this on the Today show and I’ve been wanting to try it… good to know it really works! xo jillian

  24. Joyce says 4.8.15

    So, I’m too afraid to click on the link to the photos. YET, I just ordered it. Thanks for sharing! I guess I’ll see for myself how snake-like my feet get!!

  25. Guest says 7.4.15

    Hi, just found this while researching this product. I have a lot of dry skin on the tops of my feet. I was wondering if the gel reached there too or if it was just the bottom? The only pictures I can find seem to be just of the bottoms or the sides. Thank you.

    • graceatwood says 7.4.15

      Hi! No, the gel doesn’t reach the top of your foot so much as the bottom. I think you could put some on the top of your foot, just be careful. The peel sloughs off callouses; and I can’t imagine that the dry skin on the tops of your feet needs such an intense exfoliation (maybe try a good scrub + heavy duty moisturizer for the top part of your foot?)

  26. i need to try. i just ordered it

  27. Love This Product says 5.6.16

    OH MY GOODNESS, This works really well. At first, I didn’t see anything happening after almost 5 days but lord let me tell you, it was scary to see all that skin coming off. I’d say it peeled for almost 2 weeks and now it’s exactly as it states… I now have baby feel.. Sooo soft, no hard skin nothing, this is GREAT!!

  28. Kanchan says 5.23.16

    Hi i want to order in bolk and supply in my country , are you going to give me wholsale rate?

  29. Charles Allen says 7.15.16

    What is the average over all time of the process from when you first started to your last day?

  30. Teresa says 7.27.16

    OMG…I did this last year and all of my boys (age 8 and twins 5 year olds) were just as fascinated…so much so they ask every month if I’m going to peel my feet again. I’m giving them a pedi break right now and doing a foot peel this week…and they are all so excited…hahahaha…it’s gross and cool all at once…and ND have some Drano around for when your dead skin clogs up your bathtub. For reals.

  31. Masha Jones says 10.12.16

    Freaking love this product! Have you tried any similar products? Was wondering about the comparisons. It was gross. But I had Frozen Pelvis from endometriosis and couldn’t attend to my feet properly. Took three weeks but wow! I need this to work by next weekend though. Date for major event got away from me.

    • graceatwood says 10.12.16

      Hi Masha! I have not tried anything similar!!! I don’t know anything that will work by next weekend – maybe just try giving your feet a really good scrub? x

  32. Holly says 3.9.17

    I’m in the middle of a peel now (my 2nd one in a few years). It’s day 7 and the magic is starting to happen! I’m currently wearing socks around the house and to bed to catch the shedding dead skin. And yes, soaking them daily helps!! Can’t wait for my feet to be bsby soft again!!

    • ahhhhh thanks for sharing Holly! It really is magic! And gross!!! I need to do it again, it’s been a while since my last peel.